The ray-florets curve inwards and “close” the flower-head in dull weather and towards evening.
The color of the blossom is darker than in red clover, and the flower-head is looser.
The flower-head has somewhat the appearance of a purple thistle, but the involucre is not prickly.
When the flower-head is turned toward you, as in the first sketch, its shape is quite like a circle.
Do you notice that the flower-head does not show each blossom, separate and distinct?
Capitulum or flower-head of the Marigold, showing the involucre or whorl of overlapping bracts.
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